Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 08:51:00 -0700
Reply-To: Debbie Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
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From: Debbie Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Safety Rules
In-Reply-To: <7a.61113eb3.2e71efc7**At_Symbol_Here**>

At 01:41 PM 9/9/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>Re: protective gear for chemo drugs
>As for the radioactive 48 hour rule, did you know that someone who had had
>one of these procedures in New York during the Republican Convention triggered
>the radioactive detectors?

An anecdote for your Friday amusement:

Recently, I was performing a radiation safety audit for one of our
labs.  The lab uses I125 and I had my meter on while I was chatting with
the PI, making sure the records were up to date, etc.  My meter was acting
really squirrelly, clicking and chirping when it shouldn't be, just sitting
on the counter.  One of the lab techs joined our conversation and the PI
asked how his procedure had gone.  Come to find out, the tech had had a
nuclear medicine scan that day, focussed on his mid-section and he was
hotter than snot!  Pegged my meter, held at his waist.  He was pretty
surprised, to say the least.  So was I.

I did recommend that he not hold his cat or his girlfriend on his lap for a
day or so .

The things I come across, I tell ya.  Never a dull moment in health and safety.


Debbie Decker
EH&S UCDavis
Co-Conspirator to Make the World A
Better Place -- Visit and join the conspiracy

Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."

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